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Phishing scams: you are the weakest link
26 September, 2014

It's a hectic day at the office, with the phone ringing off the hook and requests streaming in from your boss and colleagues. A new email message catches your eye. Coming from, it reads: "Urgent!!! Your email account has been put on-hold by our server due to irregularities. Please click this link and log in to avoid having your account suspended."

Losing your email account is a problem you don't need at the moment, so you click the link, quickly enter your UCT login credentials and get on with your work.The email described above is an example of "phishing" – a social engineering technique that criminals use to get you to hand over personal, confidential information – which they then use for malicious and often financially damaging purposes.

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Technology bridging divides
22 September, 2014

Complex accounting concepts don't get lost in translation, thanks to a collaborative project with Wits and Walter Sisulu universities. UCT's College of Accounting is using online video clips to explain difficult concepts not only in English, but also in Xhosa and Zulu.

The clips are an attempt to facilitate not only a thorough understanding of a concept, but also to assist students in their understanding of the concept in English – the language of business and assessment.

This project is headed by Jacqui Kew, a senior lecturer in accounting, and funded by FASSET, the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority. UCT’s university partners are Walter Sisulu and Wits universities, whose staff are responsible for the Xhosa and Zulu translation and presentation. Video clips are intended not only for UCT students; they will be hosted on a website accessible to students and lecturers throughout South Africa.

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Faculty Focus - Commerce
22 September, 2014

For a list of highlights and events in commerce see the annual Faculty Focus.

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